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News Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden

Thursday, August 22, 2002


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people of all faiths to raise their voice against those who campaign abroad against Bangladesh and its people for narrow political ends.

 Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the people to join the August 24 protest procession against government's misrule and warned of announcing hartal if and whenever the march is obstructed.

 Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at a rally in the city yesterday criticised the government for deteriorating law and order in the country. "People are getting united against the government. But some of the political parties which represent the rich have been trying to grab power by utilising the displeasure of people," CPB President Manzurul Ahsan Khan said.

The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives has finalised the four-tire  local government structure of gram sarkar, union council, upazila parishad and zila parishad that also has addressed the overlapping of authority among elected people's representatives, according to Daily Star.

Police yesterday siezed movable property of T&T Director (north) Mohammad Tawfiq who is absconding in a criminal case filed with the Ramna Police Station in connection with Malibagh killing on August 15.

 Two separate chargesheets were submitted by police yesterday regarding the sensational killing of two children- Bappy and Naushin.

 A half-day hartal called by the Musulli Committee in the city to protest the killing of madrassah students at Malibagh on August 15 appears to have been largely ignored by the citizens today.

 Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is going to float a tender today (Thursday) to procure 500 taxicabs on an emergency basis to 'cope with the vacuum in city's transport sector with the banning of two-stroke three wheelers (autorickshaws) from September 1.'

The weekly tea auction held in Chittagong Tuesday witnessed a slight depression in prices compare to the last few weeks as the Afghan buyers were absent and Pakistani buyers were very selective, market sources said.

The stock markets witnessed yesterday a thinner trading in volume at both the bourses. However, the price index of the blue chips recorded marginal gains although their overall price index slightly declined, reports BSS. The cheaper issues saw bulk trading, however at a loss.

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SAARC countries have agreed to amend domestic legislations and bring them at par with international laws against terrorism as their foreign ministers began a two-day meeting in Kathmandu yesterday.

 Pakistanís President and Chief Executive Gen Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday issued the Legal Framework Order 2002 interjecting many amendments to the 1973 Constitution, reports The Dawn

 Geberal Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday he would set up a National Security Council, a body to be chaired by him to monitor future governments, which has the power to overrule the democratically elected parliament, reports CNN.

 The Pakistan People's Party has rejected President Gen Pervez Musharraf's announcement of constitutional amendments on Wednesday saying no individual has the right to make amendments to the Constitution, reports The Dawn today.

 Pakistan Muslim League (N) and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) on Wednesday agreed to launch a joint struggle for the restoration of democracy and constitution.

A state of emergency has been declared in China's central province of Hunan, where surging water levels in the country's second biggest freshwater lake threaten more than 10 million people. 

Sixty-five people are feared dead as a huge landslide caused by monsoon rains engulfs a village in eastern Nepal.

The Nepalese authorities say security forces have killed 35 Maoist rebels in separate clashes over the past 24 hours. The authorities said 30 Maoists and one soldier were killed during an overnight clash in the village of Thabang in the western district of Rolpa.

 Concerned over revival of the controversial Gaurav Yatra by the Gujarat BJP, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday sought intervention of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to ensure that no political activity which would weaken communal harmony is undertaken in the riot-hit state.

 India considered itself "at war" with Pakistan over Kashmir despite there being no formal declaration of hostilities, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani said on Wednesday.

"When people ask me 'will there be a war between India and Pakistan?', they are obviously referring to a declared war like that which happened in '71 or '65. But for India, we are at war," he told Britain's Channel Four television during a visit to London.

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Saudi investors have withdrawn tens of billions of dollars from the United States because of concerns their assets might be frozen, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

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A mass boycott of next month's prestigious ICC Champions Trophy edged a step closer Wednesday as leading players across the world refused to back down in a row with cricket's authorities over sponsorship rights.

 A superb 71 off 71 balls by Sanath Jayasuriya and a standout all-round bowling display helped Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 27 runs and win the Morocco Cup one-day international tournament on Wednesday.

 A state of emergency has been declared in China's central province of Hunan, where surging water levels in the country's second biggest freshwater lake threaten more than 10 million people.

 Martina Hingis is starting to regain her old form after undergoing ankle surgery in May. Hingis eliminated Alexandra Stevenson 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen. Amelie Mauresmo also advanced with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (1) victory over Elena Bovina.

Top seed and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt was handed a tough draw at next week's U.S. Open on Wednesday where he could meet red-hot Briton Greg Rusedski in the second round.

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